Elementary Student Resources
In order to best meet the needs of our Elementary School students who are in the process of learning English, we offer a mixed delivery model of support. We provide our students with a flexible combination of pull-out and/or push-in instructional support based on their individual language learning needs.
The M'KIS Literacy Support Program (Kindergarten through Grade 5) serves students who present with a variety of learning needs. M’KIS does not provide a full special education program; however, we are able to support students with mild learning differences.
In the Elementary School, (Kindergarten Through Grade Five) our Literacy Support teachers service students through a variety of models in an effort to meet individual needs. These include small group pullout, push-in, and occasionally 1:1.
The Health Office is run by 2 registered nurses who are available throughout the school day to assist and treat faculty and students should they need medical care. Each student is unique and illnesses and accidents will be handled according to each child’s individual needs. We also keep track of student medical forms, allergies, special medical conditions, and ensure immunizations are up to date. We also keep the students health forms on file, assist with medication administration as needed, do several health screenings throughout the year and offer flu shots in the Fall and HPV Immunizations to eighth grade girls.
Students who become ill during the school day should report to the Health Office before contacting parents. Students with a temperature will be sent home and parents are asked to keep their child home for 24 hours after fever is gone. Also, if your child does become ill at school, we will contact you directly. Your child is required leave from the Health Office with proper release forms. No child may leave campus without this paperwork.
In the Elementary School, the counseling program is made up of three major components: Classroom guidance, parent education and support, and individual and group counseling. In the regularly-scheduled classroom guidance lessons, a child’s physical, social, and emotional growth is explored as students participate in discussions, role-plays, group activities, read-alouds, and games. Students build interpersonal skills with a focus on making healthy, safe, and respectful choices. Empathy building, problem-solving, and emotional management are among the many topics covered in the guidance lessons.
Parents play a vital role in supporting the emotional health and well-being of their children. The elementary counselor looks forward to working with parents closely, and encourages parents to make individual appointments with a her for additional support. Appointments can be made through our elementary school secretaries.
Students may be referred to a counselor by parents, teachers, and/or administrators and through self-referral. Friendships, social skills, anxiety, and transition/adjustment issues are all examples of topics that the counselors can help students with. New students can look forward to having lunch with their counselor and also having a “buddy” assigned to help them feel comfortable during the initial days of school.
Ms. Carolina Barboza
Elementary School Counselor